Wyoming Hay Sweeps Forage Superbowl…Again


The following is a press release from the Wyoming Business Council:

CASPER, WYO. – For the seventh year in a row, Wyoming producers have won or placed extremely high in the World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.

The World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl provides growers from across the United States and Canada an opportunity to vie for forage awards by entering their high quality samples in a dairy or commercial division.  

Five Wyoming producers competed in the Commercial Hay Division against 28 other producers from around the U.S.; and five producers from Wyoming competed in a new Grass/Hay Division against 38 others.  

The World’s Forage Grand Champion award went to Kelli Hinman, of Wheatland, Wyo.  Hinman’s sample won against 398 total entries at the Superbowl.  As grand champion, Hinman won a $2,500 cash award sponsored by NutriSave Forage Management System.

Bethany Bappe of Riverton, Wyo., was named Grand Champion First Time Entrant winning a $1,500 award sponsored by KUHN.  Gerry Danko of Powell, Wyo., took the new Grass/Hay category for $1,500 and was third place in the Commercial Hay Division; David Hinman of Hardrock Farms in Wheatland, Wyo., won the Commercial Hay award for $1,500; and Mark Bappe of Riverton, Wyo., came in fifth in the Commercial Hay Division.

David Hinman of Hardrock Farms in Wheatland, Wyo., received the Champion Commercial Hay award.  He was presented the award by representatives from Bridon/Cordage.

David Hinman, father of Kellie Hinman of Wheatland, Wyo., who won the World’s Forage Grand Champion award, received the award on behalf of his daughter who was not able to be present.  Pat Couillard (left) and Todd Johnson (right) of NutriSave Forage Management System presented the award.

Dallen Smith, Big Horn County Ag Extension agent and Donn Randall, Crop and Forage Program manager at the Wyoming Business Council, display the four champion awards for Wyoming producers at the World Dairy Expo Forage Super Bowl.

Wyoming’s entries to the Superbowl were selected by having the top relative feed value at the Wyoming State Fair Hay Show. The winners of this class had entry fees and any necessary shipping required to send samples to the Superbowl paid for by the Wyoming Business Council’s Agribusiness Division.

Donn Randall, Crop and Forage Program manager in the Business Council’s Agribusiness Division, said seven different China delegations stopped at the Business Council trade show hay tent this year and were aggressively trying to establish export trade opportunities with Wyoming hay producers.

“Once again, Wyoming hay producers have shown the forage industry that our hay is top notch.  Year after year, Wyoming’s producers get the highest awards for their product at the Superbowl.  Wyoming has certainly earned a reputation as a premium hay producing state,” said Randall.

For questions regarding Wyoming’s crop and forage program, please contact Randall at donn.randall@wyo.gov or 307.777.6578.


The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit www.wyomingbusiness.org.


Source:  Wyoming Business Council

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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